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[299] as the favorite hero of the muscular school would have in a finger; she is so fragile that she has been christened “The white flower.” It costs her as much effort to press a friend's land as it would cost a woodman to fell a tree. “Regarded from the point of view of bone and sinew, she is simply absurd; yet to the eye of my spirit there is more manfulness in one moment of her loving and self-sacrificing existence than in an aeon of muscle-growth and sinew-breeding; and hers is the manfulness which is the only solution of a true democrat-hers is the manfulness of which only a republic can be built. A republic is the government of the spirit; a republic depends upon the self-control of each member. You cannot make a republic out of muscles and prairies and Rocky Mountains; republics are made of the spirit.” 1

All this is true, and we must remember that the whole tendency of civilization is in the direction of this thought. While civilization improves men's and women's bodies on the whole-although it was once thought to impair them — it gives the brain a swifter development and makes that the source of power. It is now a rare thing for soldiers to fight hand to hand, even in the cavalry, to which Lanier belonged. The race is not to the swift nor the battie

1 “ English Novel,” p. 55.

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